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THE travellers had determined in Angostura to re-
turn to Cumana or New Barcelona, and from one of
these ports to go "by sea to the island of Cuba and
thence to Mexico, there to devote a year to a physi-
cal scientific investigation of New Spain. After that
it was intended to visit the scarcely-known Philip-
pine islands, and to return to Europe by way of Bas-
sora and Aleppo. The way from Angostura to the
northern coast, through the immense steppes, was a
most arduous one, and*, the botanical and zoological
specimens, which they coiild not venture to leave be-
hind, detained them so long that thirteen days wore
spent in packing them up. When at last they wore
ready to start, it took them a considerable time to
pass through the Karaibes, whom they mot with at
Cari, a missionary establishment in the plain, and
who particularly excited Humboldt^s interest. They
arrived safely at New Barcelona on the 23rd July,
though exhausted by the sand winds of the plain, Tl tey
lived with the same good-natured man who had BO
hospitably received them seven months before, when
they first came to Barcelona. A typhus fovor threat-